The Transylvania Times -

By Joseph Swanson
BC Sports Information 

Late Three Gives Pioneers 86-83 Win Over Tornados – Brevard NC

 

November 24, 2016

The Tornados' junior guards Evan Dunham and Stevie Williams combined for 49 points as the Brevard College Tornados (0-5, 0-1 SAC) took the Tusculum Pioneers (4-1, 2-0 SAC) down to the wire Tuesday evening in Brevard, falling by a final of 86-83.

Dunham would end his career night with a game-high 25 points on 10-14 shooting from the floor and three-of-six from behind the three-point arc.

While Williams added 24 points, finishing the South Atlantic Conference opener 10-16 from the floor and one of two from behind the three-point line.

Fellow junior guard D.J. Bostick added 12 points of his own on five-of-nine shooting from the floor, knocking down a pair of three-point field goals.

While senior forward Omar El Diraoui also finished in double-digit scoring figures with 10-points, adding a pair of blocks and leading the Tornados with five assists on the evening.

Tusculum guard Ronnie Baylark led the Pioneers offensively, finishing five-of-six from behind the three-point line for a team-high 15 points.

Tusculum would finish the evening with six players with double-digit scoring totals, while Zach Davis hauled down a game-high nine rebounds.

Brevard opened the first half with back-to-back layups by Williams, before Tusculum Chase Mounce got the Pioneers on the board.

The Tornados would add another layup by Williams and one by Bostick to take an early 8-2 advantage.

Brevard would lead 10-7 at the first media timeout break, before Tusculum would come out of the stoppage and tie the contest at 10-10 on a three-point basket by Baylark.

The Pioneers would take a 24-20 lead and led 26-22 led with three minutes in the first half.

Both squads would swap leads in the final eight minutes before Tusculum managed to take a 39-35 lead into the half.

Dunham would knock down a jumper to open the second half for the Tornados pulling the blue and white within two points of the Pioneers.

Both teams would trade baskets over the next four minutes, before Bostick knocked down a three-pointer at the 14:20 mark to tie the game at 48-48.

Following Bostick's three-pointer, the Tornados rolled off a 13-6 run, aided by three clutch three-point baskets by El Diraoui. However, Tusculum would turn around and add a 17-5 run of their own to regain the lead at 71-66.

Brevard however, would capitalize on clutch free throw shooting to retake a 74-73 lead with 3:43 remaining in regulation.

The final three-and-a-half minutes of Tuesday evening's conference clash would give fans all they could handle, as Tusculum would hit a three-pointer to take a 76-74 lead.

Dunham would answer for Brevard on the Tornados' next possession with a jumper of his own to tie the game at 76 all.

Following a three-pointer by the Pioneers' Keaton Dotson, Bostick would net the second of his three-pointers to even the game back at 79-79.

Tusculum would regain the lead on a dunk by Caleb Hodnett, but the resilient Tornados would add a layup by El Diraoui on their next possession to even the score back at 81 all.

However, the Pioneers' Cory Fagan added a three-point field goal to give Tusculum an 84-81 advantage.

Williams pulled the blue and white back within one following a layup with 15 seconds remaining, but Kendall Patterson sank two free throws to put the Pioneers back up 86-83

Brevard would have one final possession with the ball to tie game as Dunham's three-point attempts hit iron, bouncing into the hands of Williams at the three-point line, who fired off a shot that found the net, but not before time had expired.

The Tornados return to the hardwood next Tuesday, as they travel to Asheville for an exhibition game with the UNC-Asheville Bulldogs at 7 p.m.

 
 

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